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The right turn

Updated: Oct 9, 2019



Have you ever heard, seen, or participated in the infamous dance called the “Cha Cha slide”? The “Cha Cha Slide” is a family friendly group dance that is so popular and family friendly that even Christians participate in it without a bad conscience. Go to any wedding or family reunion, and you will be asked to participate in this insanely easy group dance. The dance is so easy, because throughout the song you're literally told what move to perform by the creator, Mr. C the slide man.

 

Yet, even with voice commands and others around me that I can place my eyes on to imitate, I still for some reason find myself out of step with others. I always make the wrong turn, going left when I should have went right. My family and others get a good laugh out of it.

The good part is, my two left feet give me plenty of spiritual implications to reflect on.



I’m reminded of King Jehoshaphat and his dance with death. In 2 Chronicles chapter 20, the Moabites, Ammonites, and the Meunites have come against Jehoshaphat for battle. All of Judah gathered with their little ones, their wives, and their children because of this great army that is coming against them. They were scared and the Bible tells us, so was king Jehoshaphat (2 Chron. 20:3). 

Yet, in danger and in fear, The king turned to the Lord.

He said, “ We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you (20:12). King Jehoshaphat could have turned to his own strength, but decided to turn to the true King. 

The Lord responds to Jehoshaphat's prayer by telling him the battle is not his, but Gods. So stand firm  Jehoshaphat, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, because the Lord is with you (20:15-17). The Lord rescues Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah.

If you’re like me, ultimately we turn to our strength, which is turning to our flesh. 

I wish I could say my immediate response to problems big or small,  is to turn to King Jesus who is mighty to save. I mean, even though I have been commanded, in the word of God, to go to God and other godly men and women tell me to do the same, it so easy for me to go to friends, family, money, anything under the sun first before God. I turn the wrong way. If you’re like me, ultimately we turn to our strength, which is the flesh. 


As our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ said,  it is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all (John 6:63). We are to live by the Spirit, not by the flesh. In fact, Jesus says  that true worship that is acceptable to God is done in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). 

Some say dancing is all about the foot work. Some say life is a dance, so make the right moves. For the Christian, the dance of life is about keeping in step with the Spirit ( Gal 5:25).

You see, before the cross, we were the gods of our life. We decided who we turned to, who we trust, which way we wanted to go. But after the cross, we take off our self appointed crowns, and we place our faith in the true King,  Jesus! 


What does that look like in the everyday? Well for starters, prayer.

Ephesians  6:18  praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

 

Like Jehoshaphat, when we pray we are saying to Satan, the great horde of his evil angels, and to others  

  • Hey, I am not alone!

  • I am not going about this thing called life by myself.  

  • There is a God who has a mission and plan for my life. 

  • There is a  source of love, power, and guidance  available to me at all times.

  • Though it may look like I’m surrounded in the battle, I’m surrounded by God*

 Prayer is how we acknowledge and experience God’s love, wisdom, and strength to persevere and fight against the Kingdom of darkness. Prayer is how we stand.


Jesus prayed so much that Luke the Apostle made note of it (Luke 5:16). If Jesus, the Author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2),  had a prayer life that marked Him, so should I.


Some say dancing is all about the foot work. Some say life is a dance, so make the right moves. For the Christian, the dance of life is about keeping in step with the Spirit ( Gal 5:25).


Question for reflection

What message would our life tell about prayer?

We don’t pray to be noticed, But do your friends, family, children or spouse (if you have them), see you turn to God in prayer in times of need, fear, or doubt? Or do they see you make a wrong turn to something other than God first?

* This line in my blog "Though it may look like I’m surrounded in the battle, I’m surrounded by God" is inspired by "Surrounded (Fight my Battles)" written by Elyssa Smith.


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